The story began when Jim and Debbie Hewett purchased a converted horse box known as The Hoppy Mare.  It had been lovingly restored and set up with everything needed for a fully functioning mini pub, but the previous owners didn't have time to make use of it.  Excited by the prospect of owning his own pub, Jim took his Licensee course and invested in an exciting new brand for the trailer.

Jim, a former firefighter from London, and Debbie, a fire service control officer, have been working in their local pub in Stogumber, West Somerset and love the atmosphere that can be created when great drinks are served to happy customers.  They moved to the South West to live their dream of "Escaping to the Country"  - and owning a business which ensures others have a great time is a huge bonus!